Sony Sees Solid ‘Spectre’ Returns; Fox’s ‘The Peanuts Movie’ Brings Cheer Back …

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‘Spectre’ shoots to $73 million, misses ‘Skyfall’s’ mark at the box office.

Albert R Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the film opened wide around the world with stunning results from an additional 72 territories, including the United States. LOS ANGELES — If “Spectre” wants to topple “Skyfall” as the highest-grossing James Bond film in history, it will need to do massive business overseas.Both “Spectre” and “The Peanuts Movie” reinvigorated moviegoers who turned out in droves to check out the new fare, including buzzy limited-release titles like “Spotlight.” “Spectre” took an easy first-place spot with an estimated $73 million, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday, to become the second-biggest Bond opening of all time.

Josh Greenstein, president, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “We are thrilled by the staggering numbers coming in from all corners of the globe, and we are very proud to be able to bring this legendary franchise to new heights.” Internationally, the film is a blockbuster, as “Spectre” opened #1 in all 71 international territories in which it opened this weekend, taking in $ 117.8 million in total, with 40 per cent of markets yet to come, including France, Australia, South Korea, Japan, and China. The competition was different, the weekend was different,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution. “One thing I am certain of is that the Bond franchise is as healthy and strong as ever.” Distributor Sony, who co-produced the film with Eon Productions and MGM, tried to manage expectations going into the weekend, predicting an opening in the $60 million range. “It’s still a great number,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak’s senior media analyst. “For a franchise that’s over 50 years old, it’s really an astounding achievement.” “Spectre’s” worldwide take is a different story. The film was the highest-grossing release stateside, picking up US$73 million, but some corners had been anticipating an opening of US$80 million or more. “Skyfall” bowed to US$88.4 million, although it didn’t face as much competition. “The Peanuts Movie” debuted to US$45 million and may have taken a bite out of “Spectre’s” business.

It brings back the “Skyfall” team of Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes and throws in Christoph Waltz as Bond’s shadowy nemesis. “Skyfall” became the first film in the 007 series to gross more than US$1 billion. The film cost around $100 million to make. “We were everywhere,” he noted of the campaign. “That’s what we thought we had to do to get through the noise of Bond to connect with moviegoers from 8 to 80 which I think we really were successful in doing.” Holdovers “The Martian,” “Goosebumps,” and “Bridge of Spies” rounded out the top five, while new opener “Miss You Already,” staring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, opened in 384 theaters to only $572,160. “Spotlight,” director Tom McCarthy’s film about the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, was the strongest of the pack, opening to $302,276 from only five theaters. “Brooklyn,” a 1950s-set immigrant story starring Saoirse Ronan, took in a respectable $181,000 from five theaters this weekend after opening Wednesday. The final installment of “The Hunger Games” franchise opens in two weeks, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” bows in just over a month. “We certainly needed this infusion of excitement into a marketplace that has been just lying there doing nothing almost for the past few weeks,” Dergarabedian said.

Third place went to the Chinese romantic comedy “Ex Files 2: The Back Up Strikes Back” with US$17 million, while “Hotel Transylvania 2” captured fourth place with US$15 million, pushing its global gross to US$404.2 million.

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